At the moment, it feels like Close is the current frontrunner. No other film this year has had such an impact on viewers. It's devastatingly raw and the film seems to be leading the pack right now ahead of the other 91 films in contention. Following right behind is Argentina, 1985 and All Quiet on the Western Front. Both have been receiving a lot of momentum lately, and being released and available on Amazon and Netflix does nothing but help both films. Alcarras is also getting some of the best reviews of the year and Spain is always a contender so we feel like it's in for now. There's also always a "surprise" nominee and this year we feel like it's between The Quiet Girl or Joyland. Both films are the best of the best, and both films have been winning award after award on the festival circuit. They're receiving some of the best reviews of the year. For now, we feel like the Irish film will get nominated.
Along with Joyland, it feels wrong to not include Decision to Leave, Saint Omer, Corsage and Holy Spider but with so many great films submitted this year, some will miss out, unfortunately.
Now recently more and more International Feature contenders have been getting nominated in other categories as well. Last year alone, Drive My Car was nominated for best picture, best director, best adapted screenplay. The Worst Person in the World was nominated for best original screenplay. The year before that Another Round was nominated for best director. And in 2020, Parasite won best picture, best director, and best original screenplay and it was nominated for best editing and best production design. Pain and Glory was nominated for best actor.
(Austria - Corsage)
So which films this year have the potential to be nominated for other awards? If we take a look at Gold Derby, they have the following right now as top 20 contenders:
BEST PICTURE: 16. All Quiet on the Western Front 20. Decision to Leave
BEST DIRECTOR: 7. Park Chan-Wook - Decision to Leave 10. Alejandro G. Inarritu - Bardo 11. Edward Berger - All Quiet on the Western Front
BEST ACTESS: 13. Tang Wei - Decision to Leave 20. Vicky Krieps - Corsage
BEST ACTOR: 12. Daniel Gimenez Cacho - Bardo 18. Park Hae-Il - Decision to Leave
BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY: 11. All Quiet on the Western Front
BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY: 8. Decision to Leave 11. Bardo
BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY: 5. All Quiet on the Western Front 9. Bardo 13. Decision to Leave
BEST COSTUME DESIGN: 8. Corsage 14. All Quiet on the Western Front
BEST FILM EDITING: 9. All Quiet on the Western Front 13. Decision to Leave
BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN: 6. All Quiet on the Western Front 12. Bardo
BEST SCORE: 15. All Quiet on the Western Front 19. Decision to Leave
(Mexico - Bardo)
It seems like All Quiet on the Western Front, Decision to Leave and Corsage are the three films that, right now, might be getting nominated in other categories.
We think that the German film will get nominated for best picture, best cinematography and best production design. Decision to Leave might be able to get in for best director and best original screenplay. It should be in for best cinematography as well. Vicky Krieps is astounding in Corsage and it might get in for best costume too. Bardo was a huge contender before it premiered at the Venice Film Festival, but it's been dropping after the reviews have been coming out. We feel that Close is being underrated right now in picture and original screenplay.
As for now, this is where we feel that the race is going. Keep checking for more updates.